NetherRealm's incredi-gory Mortal Kombat X is all about (slight) environmental interaction, picking different character 'variants', and, yes, ripping your opponent's spine out or punching a hole through their chest or, I don't know, plucking out their eyeballs or something. It's all a bit brutal for me, but I appreciate the fast-paced combat, the lovely backgrounds, and their integration with the side-on scraps, as shown off in a recent PAX stream. If MK10 seems like your kind of fighting game, you'll be pleased to hear that it's not too far out from release, as a date of April 14th has just been announced.
Mortal Kombat X
Are you ready for an even more photorealistic Mortal Kombat game? I’m not sure I am. The below gameplay video is ten minutes of Mortal Kombat X gameplay footage captured from a PAX Prime stream. It shows Scorpion and Sub Zero having a very serious argument. Skulls are snapped from spines and, well, other stuff happens, but I couldn’t bring myself to watch.
Kano always struck me as kind of a punching bag in the original Mortal Kombat, and his performance in the first Mortal Kombat film didn't do anything to improve my opinion. But the Kano of Mortal Kombat X is older, wiser, heavily upgraded and more able than ever to kill you three times before you hit the ground.
Mortal Kombat X—not ten, X—features a guy literally (not literally) made of electricity, so it makes sense that he can channel it in a variety of interesting, albeit killy ways. In contrast to the relatively mechanically stripped-back Mortal Kombat Knine, X will offer several different variations of each of its famously gore-hungry characters. God of thunder and all-round Debbie Downer Raiden is being showcased today. Prepare for shocking violence.
The Sony E3 press conference, like every Sony E3 press conference, was a long-winded event that nevertheless managed to sprinkle some games throughout its meandering presentation. Highlights included No Man's Sky, Arkham Knight, and, of course, that GTAV reveal. But lest you worry that their might have been a distinct lack of ultra-violence on stage, the show also featured the first game footage from the upcoming Mortal Kombat X.
It's been a frantic day here in the PC Gamer office, what with announcements are spilling all over the floor. I've only just finished mopping up Homefront: The Resistance, and now there's a new Mortal Kombat oozing all over the carpet. If only there were some conference—or "expo"—designed specifically for containing such announcements. It could be a big trade event, and take place next week, and be called E3 or something. Alas, no, it wasn't to be, and so we're constantly battling the possibility that at any moment another game might be revealed.